Macros?! Damn, I feel special.
It's funny, though, because I tested the waters this weekend and the only thing I really tracked was my protein intake and I took two days completely off in a row. Haven't done that since I was doing StrongLifts back in October, I think.
I get two days over the weekend off. Monday-Thursday Upper body & Tuesday-Friday lower. I would use deads on a back day but now I use them with ghr & front squats...Seems to be working.
I obviously get why people track macros....If you plan on competing in a bb shows then it's obvious you need a very tight grip on what you eat. I personally just listen to my body but I make sure to get plenty of protein no what my appetite is like. It's a different kettle of fish I think for those of us wanting to basically move a barbell.
Yesterday each time I ate 2 hours later I was hungry, So I ate as my body is clearly using the food due to recovery which is what we are all after....but I certainly wouldn't not eat just because It's not "time", Even if it's just a handful of mixed nuts & dried fruits. Even 150g of dried wholemeal pasta went right through me with veggies, Protein ect....
I do the 2-days on, 3-days off with PHAT since it fits my work schedule the best. I didn't think it was adding up but I came back feeling so much better after those two days off. I'll probably set up 5/3/1 the same way you have it, though, my two days off in a row will be dependent on my haphazard schedule.
I've become less strict with counting my macros than I was, say, two months ago when I was measuring my food and all of that neurotic shite. Now that I've pretty much figured out what works and doesn't work for me, it's easier just to hit my protein and fill my calories.
Back's looking thick, mate. Definitely can see serious progress.